An amalgamation of the most beautiful temples, beaches, restaurants, guest houses, resorts and gardens in all of coastal Karnataka is what makes Murudeshwara a wonderful place to visit. Famous mostly for the world’s tallest Shiva statue and the Murudeshwara Temple, this spectacular beach town is bound by the Arabian Sea and the rolling hills of the Western Ghats and is a must visit place for those planning to take up South India tours
Its origin lies in the vibrant tales of the epic Ramayana, when Ravana on acquiring the Atma-Linga from Lord Shiva, dropped the Lingam’s cloth in a place called Mrideshwara. Mrideshwara has been renamed to Murudeshwara, the latter being one of the many names of Shiva.
It is about 165 Km from Mangalore on the National Highway. Being a place of such spiritual importance it is well connected with major cities like Mangalore, Bangalore and Pune. The nearest airport is Mangalore and both buses and maxi cabs operate during the day and at night. Trains like The Konkan Railway and Ernakulum Express ply regularly from Mangalore and Pune respectively and make quick stops at Murudeshwara. You can conveniently reach the town by taking up holidays from Bangalore
Must See Attractions
A Two day trip will suffice to see the whole of Murudeshwara. The very first thing to do is to witness the beauty that is Murudeshwara Temple and the Raja Gopura. Built on the Kanduka Hill and surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Arabian Sea this temple is an Engineering marvel. The 250 feet tall Gopura is considered to be one of the tallest in the world. You would want to spend at least 3 good hours looking around this place. The next thing to do would be to check out the Murudeshwara fort, equally beautiful to see, this fort is right behind the temple and is said to have been renovated by the Tiger of Mysore, Tipu Sultan. The trip to Murudeshwara is definitely considered a waste if the statue of Lord Shiva is left unvisited. Visible from long distances, this statue is nearly 130 feet tall and is the tallest statue of Shiva in the world. The statue is designed so that the sun light on hitting it renders it sparkling. The best view of the statue is from the statue park on the Kandukagiri Hill. Visiting these two places would approximately take half a day, and they are not to be missed.
Planning Your Trip
The best way to travel inside the town is by foot as it works out cheaper since it is a small town and as it is close to the coast the weather makes walking a more pleasant experience. However, rickshaws and cycles are also available for the time constrained traveler. Beach activities like snorkeling, boat rides etc are also present for the adventurous traveler at the lovely sylvan beach. And one must most certainly sideline one whole day to try out the adventure sports, or a minimum of 12 hours to feel the nature at Murudeshwar. Food here is consistent with the whole of coastal Karnataka. Fish fry being the most served and loved food in this town is definitely worth trying on your Karnataka holiday packages
Shopping & Accommodation
The beach also has guest houses with rooms ranging from Rs.600 a day onwards. The Murudeshwara guest house would be the best bet for the budget traveler and the hotel provides sea facing rooms which are most enjoyable during the months of October to February because of the cool breeze. Shopping in Murudeshwara mainly consists of therapeutic souvenirs like wall-hangings, baskets and other idols. A good place to start would be the Lavancha Handicrafts on the Temple road. Needless to say, a safe trip is an unforgettable trip.